CSLJ Book Club Discussion of The Color Purple – Day 1



Welcome to the first day of our week-long book club discussion of The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I really hope you all enjoyed the book. Just in case you are new to the CSLJ Book Club, here’s how things work. Every day, I will write up a couple of discussion questions to get the conversation started and post them here and on the C. S. Literary Jewelry Facebook page. To join in the conversation, simply leave a comment on either post and then check back later to read and respond to the comments that your fellow book lovers have left. (If you would like a heads up when the new discussion questions have been posted, you can sign up to receive them here.)

Please feel free to jump in and comment and post as much as you’d like. Our conversations are always better when we have a lot of participation but don’t worry too much if you miss a day or fall behind. I will include links in my emails and posts that make it easier for you to go back to read and comment on earlier posts and we also have a catch up day scheduled on Sunday for folks who need a little extra time to write up their responses.

And now that we are all on the same page, (if you will pardon the pun), here are the first batch of discussion questions:

1. Was this your first time reading The Color Purple?

2. Have you read any other Alice Walker books?
— If so, which one(s) and how would compare The Color Purple to it/them?
— If not, now that you have read The Color Purple, how likely are you to look out for more Alice Walker books in the future?

3. Have you seen The Color Purple movie, The Color Purple musical, or any other version of The Color Purple? If so, how does the book compare, in your opinion, to the adaptations?

4. What did you think of the book?
— For new readers: Was the book what you expected it to be?
— For re-readers: Did your opinion on the book change after reading it again? In what way?

5. Was there any character / quote / part of the book that your particularly liked? Was there any character / quote / part of the book that your particularly disliked? Why?

You can share your thoughts and opinions on today’s questions by commenting on this post or by heading over to the CSLJ Facebook page and joining in the conversation there.


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3 Responses to CSLJ Book Club Discussion of The Color Purple – Day 1

  1. Hi everyone! I am so excited to be discussing The Color Purple with all of you and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about the book.

    My name is Kerry. I’ve read TCP several times before and seen the movie. I haven’t seen the play but after seeing some videos with the ladies who will be starring in the upcoming revival of the musical (including Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks from Orange is the New Black) I really want to get tickets when it opens.

    I haven’t read much Alice Walker before, other than The Color Purple and some of her poetry. (If you haven’t read her poetry anthology, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, I definitely recommend it). I did start reading Possessing the Secret of Joy years ago but I was a little traumatized by a plot line involving a young girl dying after undergoing female circumcision and I’ve blocked out most of the rest of the book. Now that I am older and less easily shocked, I may revisit the book – especially as the main characters are Tashi and Adam from The Color Purple, something I didn’t realize at the time. I am also really interested in checking out The Temple of My Familiar, especially since I am told that one of the characters is Celie’s granddaughter.

    In general, I like the book. Celie is a character that you can’t help but root for and I like watching her come into her own and develop her own voice that she isn’t afraid to use. Actually, I like most of the major female characters in the book, especially Sophia and Shug, and it is interesting to see Walker explore the different strengths and vulnerabilities of these characters.

  2. Hi everyone. Sorry I’m a little late to the discussion. This was my first time reading the color purple. I haven’t seen the movie but plan on it here soon. I didnt really know what the book was about so I was going in pretty blind to this book. I had basically only heard of it as a movie that Oprah and whoopi Goldberg were in. I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. I was immediately rooting for celie. I really liked the characters of Sophia and Squeak as well. I really enjoyed when the book went to only their letters going back and forth. I did notice that they never seemed to mention the others letter so I wondered how that was going to play out. I imagine that after she got home Nettie went through all those letters celie wrote her.

  3. This was my first time reading The Color Purple. I haven’t read any of Alice Walker’s books but I would like to check out some others. I have been looking forward to this reading since I saw it on the list. I have always been a fan of the movie. I think the movie did a good job compared to the book. I have not seen the movie in years, however, I watched it several times when I was younger. I feel like I can really identify with Sofia. I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut even if I know it will get me into trouble. My family used to tell me my mouth was going to get me killed one day 😀

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